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Changes to E-1 and E-2 Visa Processing in Canada

Effective March 1, 2016, all new Canadian E-1 and E-2 visa applicants, as well as Canadian entities with expired registrations, must now apply to the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto. The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and U.S. consular posts in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal will offer E-1 and E-2 visa appointments for employees (and their dependents) for companies having existing E-visa registrations. The expansion of E-visa adjudications for employees and their dependent family members to more posts across Canada, combined with streamlined initial E-visa processing at Toronto, will enhance service levels and assist the U.S. Department of State satisfy the growing demand for this visa category. Trade and investment between Canada and the United States remains critical to both countries’ economies, and with the addition of consular posts in Calgary, Montreal, and Ottawa, E-visa processing should result in greater efficiency and fewer delays.